Product Type: Asda Outdoor Toy
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Asda Bubble Machine
Member Name: kat1234
Asda Bubble Machine
Advantages: good price
Disadvantages: blocks easily
This summer gone by was the first summer where my son was old enough to play in the garden. As a toddler, there were only limited toy options for him - a few balls, a paddling pool and a water table was what we thought we'd opt for as he was just over a year and we didn't want to spend a fortune on things he would either grow out of quickly or would gain limited use from at this age. The one thing that I did think he would gain a lot of enjoyment from, however, was a bubble machine. We had blown bubbles with him in the past and he loved to watch these so a bubble machine would at least save our arms and puff!!
I had bought a machine in the past for our nephew from Tesco (see review) and this had been fantastic so I really wanted to get one of these. However, they only had pink ones in stock and, although not one to rigidly stick to gender stereotypes, I did really want to but a blue one. When looking around for alternatives, I came across this one in Asda which was actually a lot cheaper at £5 (they were also on the two for £8 promotion at Asda). Later on in the summer, you could pick these up for £2.50!
The machines are a lot smaller than other bubble machine, being rectangular in shape. They are available in a variety of colours - pink, orange, yellow, purple and blue. I picked up a blue one with yellow detailing. This is battery operated and requires 2 x AA batteries - these are not included. The packaging says the toy is suitable for children from 3 years of age (presumably due to small parts, bubble solution etc) but, as my son would not be using this himself or touching it I thought this would be fine for us.
You pour the bubble solution into the mouth of the machine - at the front - and push the button on the top. This moves a circle of wands round so that they rotate and dip into the solution. As they rise, they cross the wind jet that blows the bubbles. The packaging states that this creates '100s of bubbles in 60 seconds'. Whilst it does create a lot of bubbles, I think that this is rather an extravagant claim. The bubbles are quite small in size and do float away nicely - much to the amusement of my son. After a short while though, the bubble solution seems to clump up and block the wands, so the bubbles become fewer and further between. I also found that this lead to a pooling of the bubbler solution in front of the machine.
So, we found that we were continually cleaning out this machine for about 10 minutes of usage before it blocked up again. This became very frustrating for us and our son, so we reverted to good old-fashioned bubble blowing. Having said this, I think that this is a common problem with bubble machines in general and is certainly not isolated to the Asda variety. However, I would still have hoped for longer spells of usage than 10 minutes at a time.
Summary: not the best